Can Greater Attention to Women'S Rights Help Address Income Inequality?

15 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Nabamita Dutta

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Lisa Giddings

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sanjukta Roy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between women's economic, social, and political rights with the level of income inequality. We use dynamic panel estimation to check our hypothesis that that strong rights for women translate into higher participation in economic productive activities, improve income and education and support for future generations, thus reducing the overall income inequality in the economy. We further look at how a country's overall economic performance and the status of women's education alter the relationship. The relationship is strengthened if countries are either in the higher‐income spectrum or have higher levels of female educational attainment.

JEL Classification: O1, I00, H00

Suggested Citation

Dutta, Nabamita and Giddings, Lisa and Roy, Sanjukta, Can Greater Attention to Women'S Rights Help Address Income Inequality? (July 2019). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 545-559, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3392561 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12406

Nabamita Dutta (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse ( email )

Dept. of Economics, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States
6087855294 (Phone)

Lisa Giddings

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sanjukta Roy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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